|Project by BillG||posted 10-10-2014 01:37 PM||1771 views||9 times favorited||7 comments|
I have always like live edge pieces. A few years ago, I took down a large maple with a nice crotch in it, along with a hickory and a white oak. I had them sawn into boards and planks. The maple turned out to be mildly infested with the ambrosia beetle. This produces a maple with beetle holes and stained grain around the holes created by a bacteria in the holes left by the beetle.
After sitting for five years in my lumber shed, I built this bench using a crotch slab for the top and hickory for the legs and stretchers. The natural edge was kept on the slab and the outer bark removed. I sawed the hickory into the basic components for the support pieces and did the turning for the leg and stretcher tenons on the lathe. The final shaping was done with a draw knife and spoke shave to give a hewn appearance to the components.
I used a chestnut brown stain on the entire bench and then re-sanded the top surface of the bench. I left the top unstained, to provide a contrast and accentuate the grain and beetle tracks as well as the cocobolo key inserted into the split in the crotch.
The finish is a wash coat of amber shellac followed by several coats of General finishes “Enduro-Var” a water based varnish. I think this is currently one of the better water based finishes available today. I have used both the brush-on and the spray finishes with excellent success.
-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA